Patients with the problem of advanced arthritis of the hip are the candidates for either traditional total hip replacement (arthroplasty) or hip resurfacing (hip resurfacing arthroplasty). In hip resurfacing, the femoral head is not removed, but is instead trimmed and capped with a smooth metal covering. The damaged bone and cartilage within the socket is removed and replaced with a metal shell, just as in a traditional total hip replacement.
Why Hip replacement is Performed
Your doctor may suggest hip resurfacing (hip resurfacing arthroplasty) if you have more advanced osteoarthritis and have exhausted all the nonsurgical treatment options. Surgery should only be considered if your hip is significantly affecting the quality of your life and meddling with your normal activities.
Unlike hip replacement, hip resurfacing (hip resurfacing arthroplasty) is not suitable for everyone. Generally, the best candidates for hip resurfacing are younger (less than 60), larger-framed patients ( but not always male) with strong, healthy bone. Patients that are older, smaller-framed , female, with weaker or damaged bone are at higher risk of complications, such as femoral neck fracture.
Test & Diagnosis
How it is done
Risks and complications in hip replacement are similar to those associated with all joint replacements. They can include dislocation, loosening, impingement, infection, osteolysis, metal sensitivity, nerve palsy, pain and death.
Life after surgery
Cost of Hip Replacement